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| image= [[Image:Sarenrae holy symbol.jpg|250px|Sarenrae's holy symbol]]
| name = Sarenrae
| titles = The Dawnflower <br /> The Everlight <br /> The Healing Light
| alignment = [[Neutral good]]
| portfolio = Sun <br /> Redemption <br /> Honesty <br /> Healing
| worshipers =  healers, farmers, redeemed evil-doers
| domains = Fire, Glory, Good, Healing, Sun
| cleric alignments = {{alignment grid|on|on|on|off|on}}
| weapon = scimitar
Known to her faithful as the Dawnflower, the Healing Flame, and the Everlight, [[Sarenrae]] (pronounced SAER-en-ray<ref>{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|247}}</ref>) teaches temperance and patience in all things. Compassion and peace are her greatest virtues, and if enemies of the faith can be redeemed, they should be. Yet there are those who have no interest in redemption, who glory in slaughter and death. From the remorseless evil of the undead and fiends to the cruelties born in the hearts of mortals, Sarenrae's doctrines preach swift justice delivered by the scimitar's edge. To this end, she expects her faithful to be skilled at swordplay, both as a form of martial art promoting centering of mind and body, and so that when they do enter battle, their foes do not suffer any longer than necessary.<ref>{{Cite web|date=July 30, 2007|author=[[James Jacobs]]|title=Meet the Iconics: Kyra|url=|page=Paizo Blog}}</ref>
== History ==
Sarenrae is known to be among the early gods that battled [[Rovagug]] in defending creation. During this magnificent war of prehistory, the [[Sarenrae|Dawnflower]] cast down Rovagug to the center of the world. It is believed that after [[Asmodeus]] bound the [[Rovagug|Rough Beast]] there, [[Sarenrae]] placed therein the raging flames of the sun as an eternal torment.<ref name="GM-32">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|32}}</ref>
== Relationships ==
Sarenrae counts all non-evil gods as companions, and even communicates with evil deities in the hopes of converting them from their dark ways. She has some distrust for [[Asmodeus]] due to arguing over the souls of the dead.<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34}}</ref> Her only true enemy is [[Rovagug]].<ref name="CS-167">{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|167}}</ref>
== Appearance and Emissaries ==
Sarenrae manifests as a bronze angelic beauty, with golden hair composed of flowing flame. From one hand emits a holy light which trickles down like liquid luminescence, whereas the other holds a scimitar emblazoned with radiant fire. Her holy light provides healing and sustenance, while the scimitar creates gusts of winds that remove disease and fear.<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref>
[[File:Sarenrae.jpg|thumb|left|172px|A common depiction of the Dawnflower]]
=== Servants ===
Sarenrae has numerous angelic servants. Her [[herald]], the [[Sunlord Thalachos|Holy Sunlord Thalachos]], is a platinum-skinned angelic minion that is escorted by 11 divine doves.<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref>
; [[Bryla]]
:This servant of Sarenrae is manifested as a wheel of flaming sunlight.<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref>
; [[Charlabu]]
:Charlabu is a gold-colored [[hound archon]] that often appears in a canine form.<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref>
; [[Mystmorning]]
:This servant of the Dawnflower is an intelligent animated blade and possesses the same powers as that of a [[celestial]] [[unicorn]].<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref>
==Church of Sarenrae ==
[[File:Sarenrae portrait.jpg|right|thumb|An artist's depiction of the goddess]]
The church of Sarenrae is mostly composed of altruistic priests who are also ready to be stern should it be warranted. The church is known for blessing crops, healing the sick, and reforming criminals and evil doers. They are often consulted to solve feuds and disputes among neighbors and family. <ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref> The [[Empire of Kelesh|Empire of Kelesh]] holds her as their patron deity and is responsible for spreading her faith throughout the [[Inner Sea]].<ref name="CS-153">{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|153}}</ref>
===Worshipers and Clergy ===
A large portion of Sarenrae's priests are composed of [[clerics]], but within their ranks are also [[paladin|paladins]] and [[ranger|rangers]], as well as a few [[druids]] and [[bard|bards]]. Some priests work as personal retainers or healers for the wealthy, while others survive on assistance from congregational worshipers. A common form of worship by priests is to awaken with the dawn and give thanks and praise to the rising sun. The [[scimitar]] is a favored weapon and its use is held in high regard.<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref> In battle, Sarenrae's clerics become dervishes, ready to destroy irredeemable corruption. <ref name="CS-167">{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|167}}</ref>
===Temples and Shrines ===
The temples of the Dawnflower are open-air buildings. Priests often travel from one temple to the next. The [[Everlight Oasis|Everlight Oasis]] in Kelesh is a popular site of pilgrimage for followers of the goddess.<ref name="CS-153">{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|153}}</ref> Church services are held outdoors and are joyous affairs that feature singing, dancing, and music.<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref>
===Holy Texts ===
[[The Birth of Light and Truth]] is the principal holy book of [[Sarenrae]].<ref name="GM-34">{{Cite book/Gods & Magic|34-35}}</ref>
===Holidays ===
The most commonly celebrated [[Holidays and festivals|holidays]] celebrated by the followers of Sarenrae are [[Burning Blades]] on the 10th of [[Sarenith]], and the [[Sunwrought Festival]], held on the summer solstice.<ref >{{Cite book/Campaign Setting|238}}</ref>
{{Deity list}}
[[Category:Major deities]]
[[Category:Neutral good deities]]
[[Category:Fire domain deities]]
[[Category:Glory domain deities]]
[[Category:Good domain deities]]
[[Category:Healing domain deities]]
[[Category:Sun domain deities]]

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